Budget Consultation 2014/15

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Budget Consultation 2014/15

The Council has to plan its services over the next 4 years and will need to save a further 2 million pounds over this time. This consultation is closed but you can read here what people told us and what happened next.

We have seen £2m (over 30%) of our Government funding cut since 2010 and the reductions are set to continue beyond the next election in 2015.

Clearly times have been difficult for everyone and despite the cuts in funding the District Council has ensured that, since 2010, its part of the total council tax charge has remained frozen at £161.19 (Band D Council Tax).

The Council had to decide whether to continue the freeze into a fourth year. Any increase would be modest, less than 6 pence a week for the average household but we recognised that even a small increase may be difficult for residents to accept. Even with the proposed increase, the District Council part of your council tax bill would have remained the lowest in East Sussex.

We welcomed comments and views from resident and business people located in Rother on whether you believed the Council should increase its Council Tax charge or continue to freeze the amount at the 2010 figure, thereby putting additional pressure on the effective delivery of services. Your feedback was included in the Budget and Council Tax setting report presented to full Council on 24 February 2014.

For recent information on the Council's budget and income look at the report and supplemental document on this committee agenda:  Resources Committee 27 January 2014

Results:

We received just over 300 responses to the survey.  In summary, 69% selected a Council Tax increase and 31% chose to freeze Council Tax for a further year.

Summary report - media link not accessible

The Council decided to freeze its part of the Council Tax for another year.  Read more, including reports and minutes of the meetings, in the article links below.

Cabinet 10 February 2014

Full Council 24 February 2014

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